Sixty people crowded the Metzler Violin Shop on Central Avenue on Sunday to hear musicians play stringed instruments handmade in Italy.
The violas, cellos and violins, shipped from Cremona, in northern Italy, were put up for sale during the shop’s 13th annual exhibition on Sunday afternoon. Visitors had the opportunity to play the instruments themselves for two minutes each in the shop’s practice rooms after hearing the musicians.
The room was quiet as Leah Metzler, daughter of the shop’s owners, played six cellos that were for sale. Metzler, along with violinist Danielle Belen and violist Gherman Markosian, played to give the audience on hand a sense of each instrument’s sound.
Curtis Yule of Eagle Rock, a beginning cellist, attended the event with a keen interest in the instruments — but with no intent to purchase.
“I wanted to get a sense of how it hears,” he said. “I can’t afford any of this.”